Programs highlight senior center, ALS, Uganda mission trip

By Jo Ellen Dale

The Richmond Kiwanis Club met June 12 at the 19th Hole restaurant with 19 members present and two guests, Barb Dooley, wife of Bill Dooley, and Shirley O’Dell, guest of Brian Bush. The program was presented by Ms. Pat Mills, new Ray County Senior Center Director.  She spoke of all the activities available and invited all to try them out.  Anyone disabled or over 50 may come for a meal, which is only $2.50 and the many games and other things to enjoy.  She also mentioned the Meals on Wheels program delivering meals to 45 persons daily. We should take advantage of the center because too often it is a case of “use it or lose it”.
Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held a regular meeting at the hospital on Thursday, June 14. Program for the day was presented by Mark Johnson, a 12-year survivor of ALS. He gave many facts about the ailment known also as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Following his talk he answered questions.  In spite of the rarity of the disease, there have been several cases in Ray County. Efforts are ongoing to discover both a cause and a cure. The average survival rate is 2-5 years after diagnosis. Mark said that he felt himself very blessed. On June 18, he celebrated his 55th birthday. We wish him many more.
During the business meeting, it was voted on to purchase a number of items for the hospital. We are a non-profit organization devoted to supporting our hospital. The next meeting will be a luncheon in August.
On Friday, I went to the 19th Hole for lunch hoping to meet my Friday Friends as usual. Unfortunately, none of the others were able to attend. Rotary Club was meeting there and they were kind enough to invite me in to hear a very interesting program given by Jim Schmidt. He talked of his amazing mission trip to Uganda sponsored by Rotary International and Foundation, Masindi Uganda Rotary Club, Richmond Rotary Club and Saint John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Hoima Uganda. He, his wife Jean and Father Anthony Bingi traveled to Uganda to promote the Water Project for the People of Bulindi Uganda. They met with the Bulindi Rotary to discuss the project and view the site of the proposed well. As Mr. Schmidt talked he passed out brochures with graphic pictures of the project, contact information and questions about the project. Thank you Rotarians for inviting me to hear this eye-opening discussion.
Summer seems to be coming in with a blast – of heat that is.  Hope that all of you enjoyed Father’s Day and will be sending me news. The United Christian Presbyterian Church had many visitors last Sunday as families worshipped together honoring fathers.
Congratulations are in order for Larry and Kathy Best on the birth of another grandchild born June 5 to Trevor and Bethany Best. He joins big sister Lyla.  The newborn weighed in at 9 lb., 12 oz. and is 22 inches long and, according to his grandparents, is “ quite a handsome little guy.”  We are happy for you.
Until next week, try to keep cool.

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